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Webinar to Help Access Frontline Worker Pay Scheduled for May 26

On May 19, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

On Friday, April 29, the legislature passed a bill to provide frontline workers a bonus check for their commitment to serving their community during the height of the pandemic. The measure will use $500 million of federal funds to provide "hero" payments to an estimated 667,000 frontline workers in specified sectors, including long-term care and home care settings like nursing homes and assisted living.

Coming Soon! Track and Compare Your Workforce Data in New Data Portal Application

On April 28, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

On Monday, May 2, LeadingAge Minnesota will launch an exciting new resource to allow members to track and benchmark critical workforce data. In LeadingAge Minnesota's data portal, members can access a new workforce data application containing data entry and comparison reports on employee turnover, employee retention, and vacancy rates for each quarter. 

Last Chance! Participate in Careers in Aging Week by Promoting Your Open Positions with AgingServicesJOBS.org

On April 21, 2022 by Anna Mowry

This week, April 17-23, is Careers in Aging Week! The Gerontological Society of American hosts Careers in Aging Week every year to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in the aging services field.

Participate in Careers in Aging Week by Promoting Your Open Positions with AgingServicesJOBS.org

On April 14, 2022 by Anna Mowry

Participate in Careers in Aging Week, April 17-23, by posting your organization's open positions to AgingServicesJobs.Org! Post today and receive a reduced rate of $39 per posting using the coupon code Aging2021 (typically $99 per posting). This discount will be available to all members for a limited time as we recognize this critical time in building our workforce.

5 Things to Know About Anna Mowry, Director of Workforce Solutions

On April 7, 2022 by Lori Meyer

Anna Mowry has joined the LeadingAge Minnesota team as Director of Workforce Solutions. We asked Anna five questions to help you get to know her.

Funding Available for Senior Living Culinary Manager Course at Saint Paul College through the Pipeline Dual Training Grant

On April 7, 2022 by Anna Mowry

The Pipeline Dual Training Grant is accepting applications until April 12 for employers interested in leveraging the Minnesota Office of Higher Education’s Pipeline dual training model of pairing on-the-job training with related instruction. Applicants can train workers for one of more than 75 eligible occupations of the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline, including Senior Living Culinary Managers.

CHAI To Host Panel on LTC Workforce

On March 31, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

In partnership with the Life Course Center, the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation will host an interactive webinar featuring a panel on the topic of the long-term care workforce on April 20 at 12:30 p.m.

LeadingAge Minnesota Welcomes Anna Mowry, Director of Workforce Solutions

On March 31, 2022 by Lori Meyer

LeadingAge Minnesota is excited to welcome Anna Mowry as our new Director of Workforce Solutions. Anna comes to us with extensive experience supporting workforce development in long-term care settings.

State Surpasses Goal of Recruiting 1,000 Certified Nursing Assistants

On March 31, 2022 by Lori Meyer

As long-term care settings face staffing shortages throughout the state, Governor Walz set a goal in Dec. 2021 to recruit and train 1,000 new certified nursing assistants (CNAs) through the Next Generation Nursing Assistant initiative. On Tuesday, Governor Walz joined CNAs and other health care professionals at St. Paul College to announce the initiative surpassed its goal.

ICYMI: Governor Releases Updated Budget Proposal

On March 24, 2022 by Jeff Bostic

Last week, Governor Tim Walz released an updated supplemental budget that proposes to use the state’s more than $9 billion in general fund surplus. The Governor's proposed budget serves as a negotiating position in final budget conversations. Legislators in the House and Senate majorities will also advance their budget proposals in the upcoming weeks.

LTC Imperative Workforce Bill to be Heard in House Committee Tomorrow

On March 24, 2022 by Erin Huppert

Tomorrow, Friday, March 25, critical legislation being advanced by LeadingAge Minnesota and our LTC Imperative partner is scheduled to be heard in the House Human Service Finance and Policy Committee.

What You Should Know About the J-1 Visa for Hiring Workers

On February 24, 2022 by LeadingAge

Aging services communities looking to build a pipeline of foreign workers hired as trainees and specialists might be interested in hiring long-term care workers through the J-1 visa exchange visitor program.

Next Generation Nursing Assistant Training Program Advances

On February 17, 2022 by Lori Meyer

The Next Generation Nursing Assistant Training Program has successfully recruited over 1000 individuals into its no-cost training programs throughout the state. Providers should begin to position themselves to connect with students as they complete their training in the upcoming weeks.

DHS Postpones Transition to Fingerprint-Based Background Studies for MDH-Licensed Providers

On January 27, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has postponed the Wednesday, Feb. 2, transition date for Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) providers to return to fingerprint-based background studies.

HCBS Grant Applications Open Now

On January 13, 2022 by Jenna Kellerman

A request for proposals for the Home and Community Based (HCBS) Scholarship Grant is currently open, with applications due on Jan. 31. This grant is offered through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. You can find the HCBS Scholarship Grant details, including the RFP, on the MDH website.

Jan. 30 Ends CMP Grant Application to Retain Staff

On January 13, 2022 by Jenna Kellerman

Care centers have access to an engagement, retention, and leadership building platform for free through a grant for Align’s Employee Engagement Solution. The final grant window closes on Jan. 30. Download a webinar to learn more about the application process here.

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Jenna Kellerman to Join LeadingAge Team

On January 6, 2022 by Lori Meyer

Jenna Kellerman, LeadingAge Minnesota's Director of Workforce Solutions, has accepted a position at LeadingAge, our national partner based in Washington, DC. In her new role as Workforce Strategy and Development Director, she will apply her many talents to impact the long-term care workforce at a national level and tackle federal barriers and solutions that will benefit all states.

MDH Discusses Revised CDC Guidance: Return to Work, Expanded Staffing Strategies

On December 30, 2021 by Kari Everson

On the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) long-term care call this week, the Department discussed the updated CDC guidance released on Dec. 23. It appears the CDC guidance will be adopted for our settings. MDH reported it is the intention of CMS to revise the current memos to be in alignment with this guidance. The publication timeline for updated CMS memo(s) is unknown.

CMP Grant Application to Retain Staff Ends Jan. 30

On December 23, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

Care centers have access to an engagement, retention, and leadership building platform for free through a grant for Align’s Employee Engagement Solution. The final grant window closes on Jan. 30. Previous messages indicated that subsequent grant cycles would open over the next two years; however, this will be the last opportunity.

HCBS Grant Applications Open

On December 23, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

The latest Request for Proposal for the Home and Community Based (HCBS) Scholarship Grant is currently open, with applications due on Jan. 31. This grant is offered through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. You can find the HCBS Scholarship Grant details, including the RFP, on the MDH website.

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